In 2008, during our trip to Balogun village, we asked the elders what the greatest need in the village was and they replied "Omi". Translated from Yoruba to English, Omi means water. This simple gesture of providing pipe-borne water to a community where children had to walk miles in order to fetch water from streams propelled us to start PSH. In 2008, when PSH was only an idea, a group of friends decided to build a hand pump well in Balogun village.
As we work with the people in Balogun village to improve the standard of living by investing in basic necessities, we have gained the trust of the community. Our local PSH liaison in Balogun village, Mr. Isaac Afolabi, helps manage our ongoing investments in the community. This relationship has allowed us implement other initiatives that will help improve the lives of people in the village.
- * Partnership start date: November 2008
- * Location: Southwest. About 3 hours North East of Lagos - Nigeria's commercial capital
- * Population: ~500 people
- * Average Family Size: 20
- * Main Trade/Industry & Source of Income: Farming and Palm Oil Extraction
- * Major Food Source: Farming
- * Major Crops: Fruit, Maize, Cassava, Yams, Potato, Tomatoes, Pepper
- * Average Meals per day: 2
- * Access to Electricity: No
- * Access to Sanitary Latrines: No
- * Closest Market: Ilie - 8km (5 miles)
- * Closest City: Oshogbo - 32km (20 miles)
- * Access to Roads: No
- * Nearest school: St. James Anglican Primary and Secondary School Ilie - 8km (5 miles)
- * Access to water: Borehole
- * Closest Clinic:
- * Most Prevalent Sicknesses: Malaria and Typhoid
- * Governance: Local Village Chief
After installing a hand-pump well at the cost of $8,000 in 2008, PSH invested in a Cassava grinder in 2009 for $3,800. Since then we have invested over $6,000 in Mosquito nets and microloans in this community.
Please see out Project List to see what our future plans are